Ryan Giggs believes he will receive a superb education in the world of football management from Louis van Gaal after agreeing to become the Dutchman's assistant at Manchester United.
Van Gaal, 62, was confirmed as David Moyes' successor on Monday and has signed a three-year contract.
Giggs -- who has announced his retirement as a player -- had been in interim charge for the final four games of the season but, although held in high regard by the United hierarchy, he was not considered as a possible successor because of his lack of experience.
United were keen to keep the 40-year-old, who has been at the club for 26 years, and Giggs, who has made a record 963 appearances for his only club, said he was happy to stay.
He told the club's official website: "I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters. Manchester United has been a huge part of my life and I'm delighted to be able to continue that relationship in such a key role."
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said he believes Giggs and Van Gaal will prove an excellent team, combining a belief in progressive football with a knowledge of the United traditions.
He said: "I'm delighted that Louis has chosen Ryan as his assistant. Ryan's association with the club spans over two decades and his knowledge and stature will be of great use to Louis.
"In addition, this is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to learn his trade alongside a world-class manager whose attacking instincts and belief in youth are tailor-made for Manchester United."